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Winners and runner-ups Ten Clarenwater Thesis Award 2018

The winners and runner-ups of the Ten Clarenwater Thesis Award 2018 for research on family businesses have been selected. The winner of the best bachelor thesis is Julian Elias Lessing from WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management. The runner-up of the best bachelor thesis is Barbara Cornelissen from Inholland University of Applied Sciences. In the category of the best master theses the winner is Nicolas Heidelk from the HSBA Hamburg School of Business Administration. The runner-ups on a shared second place are Shelley Beck Saunders from Nelson Mandela University in South-Africa and Desiree Westland from Nyenrode Business University.

The thesis Award is an initiative by the Dutch Centre of Expertise in Family Business and the Ten Clarenwater Foundation to stimulate excellent research in the family business field by bachelor and master students. The announcement of the winners and the award ceremony took place at the 10-years’ anniversary of research on family business at Windesheim in Zwolle. The winners in both categories (bachelor and master) received a cheque of € 1.500,-. All runner-ups are rewarded with a cheque of € 750,-. This year 13 different theses were submitted from six different countries: The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Ireland and South-Africa.

For the bachelor thesis award the jury consisted of the following members: Mrs. Margré van Dalfsen (Visscher-Caravelle), Mrs. Ramia El Agamy (Tharawat Magazine) and Mrs. Chantal Remery (University of Utrecht) as a chair. For the master thesis award the jury consisted of Mr. Maarten Vijverberg (Clifton Finance), Mr. Erik Wierstra (Saxion University of Applied Science) and Mr. Enno Masurel (Free University of Amsterdam) as a chair.

All theses were assessed by the jury on the following 5 criteria:

  1. Novelty of the topic and the research findings
  2. Methodology (how the research question was answered)
  3. Innovative and contemporary character of the thesis
  4. The social relevance of the research findings
  5. The practical implications

Both jury’s were genuinely impressed by the quality of the theses. Topics and approach were original and/or innovative and the research was methodologically sound. Moreover, all theses showed a clear potential for practical applicability. The selection of the winner and runner up was therefore not an easy task.

We would like to thank the jury for their great effort and congratulate the winners and runner-ups of the Ten Clarenwater Thesis Award 2018!

The jury-report can be found via this link.


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